A unicorn trend has taken over the internet of late. Rainbow-colored lattes, cupcakes, macaroons, bagels, you name it — transforming ordinary foods into something magical is all the rage.
Of course, in the type 1 diabetes community, “catching a unicorn” refers to an even more magical moment: when you get a blood sugar of exactly 100 on your meter and/or CGM (continuous glucose monitor).
By either definition, I’m all about these mythical creatures! The only problem with many of the unicorn treats out there is that they’re chock-full of sugar — not exactly a perfect recipe for a unicorn blood sugar. So I’ve come up with a few new recipes that are as yummy as they are pretty but won’t thwart your efforts at catching that elusive 100.
Years ago, I discovered a super-quick and fun snack for my kids: frozen yogurt bites. It’s also a snack I feel good about giving my son with type 1 diabetes because of the low carb and high protein content of Greek yogurt. To keep up with the “unicorn” craze, I combined three colors for this batch of fro-yo bites.
While I don’t typically encourage playing with your food, this dip is particularly fun to dunk a pretzel into, swirl to coat, and see the colors mesh together. The dip alone is amazing and really does taste like cheesecake. The best part? A quarter cup has less than one gram of carbohydrate.
You might remember a particular frozen unicorn drink that really went viral recently. It was fine as a treat, but it wasn’t very nutritious, and I just knew there had to be a healthier way to create it. This Unicorn Smoothie Bowl reminds me a lot of that popular drink but without all of the added sugar. You could even have it for breakfast to bring a little magic to the start of your day!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.